The Trustees of Reservations

200 High St.
Boston, MA 02110


Date Posted:
April 05, 2021




Seasonal Ranger & Gardener - Mashpee, MA


The Opportunity.

This position is a full-time, seasonal, non-exempt opportunity suited to a motivated individual who is comfortable working alone and frequently interacting with the public. In the role of Ranger, they will open and close the property on a daily basis, and encourage visitor cooperation with property rules and regulations. They will patrol properties for litter, graffiti, and maintenance concerns and address minor maintenance issues independently. Maintenance tasks may include brush clearing, light trail work, sign installation, and maintenance of parking areas. In the role of Gardener, they will assist volunteers in maintaining garden beds and landscaping. Tasks may include weeding, edging, trimming, pruning, painting, and light carpentry.

The ideal candidate will be energetic, positive, detail oriented, and possess a strong work ethic. The position is expected to begin in mid-May and end in mid-September, and work hours are Wednesday-Sunday 9am-5pm, with the possibility for some part-time work on either end of the season. The Ranger/Gardener will be based at Lowell Holly Reservation and reports to the Associate Field Director. The ideal candidate will have a high level of horticultural skill or willingness to learn, a passion for plants, attention to detail, good people skills, and a positive, collaborative nature. He or she will be able to work independently and as part of a team and will be experienced in leading volunteers.

The Cape Cod Ranger & Gardener will work as a member of the South Coast Stewardship Team and assist in the care of Trustees & affiliate properties on Cape Cod, including Lowell Holly Reservation, Mashpee River Reservation, and Armstrong-Kelley Park.

In This Role You Will:

  • Trail maintenance

  • Landscaping-including lawns, fields, stone walls and shrubs

  • Structures maintenance – including painting and light carpentry

  • Removing trash/litter

  • Maintain parking areas

  • Greeting visitors on the properties and answering questions

  • Work alongside volunteers in routine garden maintenance including planting, pruning, weeding, deadheading, staking, mulching, raking, edging, watering and pruning.

  • Positively motivate and organize volunteers.

  • Engage with the public in an open and positive manner.

  • Other duties as assigned with or without accommodation.



  • Minimum of high school degree or equivalent

  • Experience using and basic maintenance of lawn mowers and string trimmers, or willingness to learn

  • Ability to follow safety standards and techniques and to use appropriate safety equipment.

  • A good attitude, willingness to be flexible, attention to detail, and a commitment to achieving the goals of the Trustees

  • A valid driver’s license, as well as a satisfactory driving record as outlined in The Trustees’ driving policy, and own means of reliable transportation

  • Experience in estate or fine gardening or willingness to learn.

  • Some knowledge of the cultivation and maintenance of annuals and perennials using sustainable techniques including integrated pest management (IPM) methods, or willingness to learn.

  • Experienced in pruning shrubs and small trees or willingness to learn.

  • Able to identify weeds and invasive plants.

  • Strong communication skills.


  • Valid driver’s license required

  • Background check required

Working Conditions:

  • Variable outdoor weather conditions.

  • Ability to lift 50 pounds required

Benefits and Salary:

This is a seasonal, non-exempt, hourly paid position, with an optimal start date in mid-May. This position is based in Mashpee, MA.

About The Trustees

The Trustees is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. Today, the places we care about are going fast, and the forces undermining them, including climate change, are moving faster.?Our passion is to protect and share with everyone the irreplaceable natural and cultural treasures under our care.?We are funded and supported entirely by our visitors, supporters, volunteers, and more than 60,000 member households.


The Trustees has been featured in the Top 100 Women-Led Organizations in Massachusetts for six consecutive years.


In addition to being an Equal Opportunity Employer, The Trustees aims to create a thriving, inclusive workplace that values each member of its team. We aspire to reflect and effectively serve the residents and communities of Massachusetts who are at the core of our mission.


The Trustees is a signer of the Boston Women’s Workforce Council and a Member of the Boston College Center for Work and Family.

We kindly request that you do not call to inquire about the status of your application. Those candidates chosen for interviews will be contacted.

How To Apply:
Please apply via The Trustees website linked here.
Apply by:
May 31, 2021
About this Organization:
The Trustees of Reservations is one of Massachusetts’ largest non-profits and the nation’s first conservation and preservation organization. We preserve and protect places of natural, scenic and historic beauty and hold these “reservations” in “trust” for public use and enjoyment. Our passion is to improve the quality of life in the Commonwealth, using our properties and their many programs as a powerful and compelling platform to engage more residents and visitors in our mission-driven work. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable forever, for everyone.  Today, we care for 117 special reservations -- from beaches to farms, gardens and historic sites – within minutes of every resident. Funded and supported entirely by our nearly 2 million visitors and supporters, and more than 60,000 member households, we invite you to find your place.